Making a decision to begin counselling is a personal process and it's hard to know who to choose. For this reason my first appointment is a free consultation so that you can find out if my experience and way of counselling will suit you. You can also call me to discuss any questions you may have and or look me up on my web site www.jhowiecounselling.co.uk
I have over 25 years of experience of helping people grow and develop and I'm easy to talk to, with a non-judgemental approach. I'm a friendly,compassionate counsellor who has experience in dealing with a range of issues from abuse, anxiety, addictions, to bereavement, depression and work and personal stress. Most people experience difficulties in life or will be involved in challenging relationships both personally or professionally. However, when situations become overwhelming or all consuming and affects your personal happiness then talking to a counsellor can help.
Sometimes trying to deal with it on your own can make things harder as we can fall into unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving trapping us in cycles which are not beneficial. Counselling allows you to explore things in a safe place where you can be yourself without fear of being judged. It can help you feel less alone and more able to sort out your thoughts productively to help you feel more in control of your life and bring meaningful change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked across a range of care settings, initially in social work with children and families, mental health and addictions. I then taught in Higher Education for many years and recently I have provided individual counselling for GP practices and mindfulness training for voluntary and statutory groups.
I'm a registered member of BACP, the SSSC, and I have an up to date PVG.
BA Social Science and CQSW (1986) Paisley University
Practice Teaching Award (1993) Bershire University
PG cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2006) Paisley University
NHC dip Yoga (2009) Natural Health Care College Devon
PG cert in Leadership Practice Learning (2011) Caledonian University
Cert in Mindfulness Teacher Training ( 2014) NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Diploma in Counselling (2014) College of Holistic Medicine Glasgow
BACP Certificate of Proficiency (2014) Glasgow
Diploma in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD (2017) Open College
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also run the 8 week Mindful based stress reduction programme (MBRS) and the mindful based approach to caring ( MBAC) with the public and with organisations as part of Every Day Mindfulness Scotland .
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My sessions are £40 per hour for Individuals and £45 for organisations.
I do not offer couple counselling.
What to Expect
I work in partnership with you to raise awareness of what you think, feel and do to help you make informed choices and develop strategies to manage your difficulties and improve your mood. I have an integrated approach to counselling to ensure it meets the needs of the individual. In the first meeting we will talk about what you want need and expect from me as your counsellor to help you to decide if I'm the right counsellor for you. I understand the complexities and challenges people can face and I'm committed to helping and empowering people when they are lost or stuck, or when their world is crumbling around them and by providing a supportive space I can help people find a way forward attaining meaningful change for them.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday and some evenings and weekends by prior arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|